Steelcase Celebrates 100 Years

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Steelcase made a film about our future. Children from around the world, specifically in the United States, South Africa, Mexico, India, and Germany, were asked to illustrate and discuss what they believe the future will look like. The optimism, creativity and intelligence that these kids exhibit is inspirational. My personal favorite? The boy who wants to be an architect and has visions of buildings that will spray water out of their “arms” to fight fire and that will grow stilts to raise them out of harms way in the event of a tsunami! To watch the short film, please visit this link: Enjoy!

Celebration Event with Design Star “Michael Moeller”

On Friday, March 9th, NESAD celebrated their #3 Ranking among “America’s Top 10 Interior Design Schools” for 2012 at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Among the high honorary is also Karen Clarke, co-director of the University’s Interior Design program who was named one of DesignIntelligence’s25 Most Admired Educators of 2012“. 

During the event, Michael also spoke about his experiences after NESAD and where he is  now.  Michael has worked at one of the New York’s top residential design firms, Alan Tanksley, Inc.  where he gained tremendous respect for his craftsmanship and unique taste.  He also established himself at one of the nations top ten hospitality design firms, BBGM.  A few years ago, Michael has been seen on national television when he entered HGTV Season 5 Design Star and placed second.  He was also designer and host of Clean House New York where his design skills were put to the test.  Currently, Michael runs a flexible design studio called Michael Moeller Designwhere he uses his inventive aesthetics and applies them to each space he designs. 

A very big Thank You to Elaine Soo Hoo at Steelcase for the generous donation to make the event possible and Jordan Cogswell, NESAD Interior Design Program Coordinator, for managing the event and making it a memorable night for everyone.

Enjoy some of the images from the event, photos courtesy of Molly Akin.

Celebrate NESAD on Friday, March 9th!

DesignIntelligence magazine has named The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University #3 among “America’s Top 10 Interior Design Schools” for 2012 at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

NESAD SU undergraduate program ranked #3 overall, tied with Pratt Institute, University of Cincinnati, the University of Florida, and the BAC, while the graduate program ranked #3 to tie with Pratt Institute.  In this year’s two skills assessment categories, NESAD SU ranked 2nd in Communication and 3rd in Cross-Disciplinary Teamwork (with Auburn University).

Karen Clarke, co-director of the Interior Design program, was also named one of Design Intelligence’s “25 Most Admired Educators” of 2012.

The University is very honored for these awards and is celebrating this achievement on Friday, March 9, 2012 at Montage.

To attend this event, please RSVP to Jordan Cogswell at by March 2nd.


Debra Folz “5 Under 40” Stunning Carpet Design

One of our very own instructors, Debra Folz, was featured in “New England Home’s 5 Under 40” for her beautiful custom carpet design.  The carpet was produced by Landry & Arcari and was auctioned off at an event where the proceeds went to Barakat, Inc.   The Barakat, Inc. is a non-profit charitable event  that provides educational opportunites for women and children in Central & South Asia.   For more information on her products: Visit:

Photo credit: Molly Akin

NESAD Interior Design Programs Named # 3 in “Top 10” Interior Design Programs for 2012

Design Intelligence magazine has named the Interior Design Programs of The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University #3 in the “Top 10” Interior Design Programs for 2012 at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Please see page 64 of the attached PDF for details.

IFI Interiors Declaration Signed

In February, the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers developed and voted on a declaration establishing a vision/mission statement for the Interior professions.

Those who attended IFI President Shashi Caan’s lecture at Suffolk University in January heard her talk about this initiative, which culminated in the signing of the declaration at the IFI DFIE Global Symposium in New York City on February 17th and 18th. 

For more information, and to read the IFI DFIE Interiors Declaration, please visit the IFI IDA President’s Update Blog.   

Massachusetts Interior Design Day

On June 23, 2010, Interior Design practitioners, educators, students, and supporters of House Bill 2999 and House Bill 262 convened at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate Interior Design Day, which was established by Proclamation by Governor Deval Patrick. 

Interior Design Practitioners, Educators, Students and Supporters of House Bill 262 and House Bill 2999 Attend Interior Design Day at the Massachusetts State House

House Bill 2999 is an Act recognizing the profession of interior designers to bid on state contracts and House Bill 262 is an Act relative to the certification of interior designers.  To learn more about efforts to establish and advance the professional status of Registered Interior Designers in Massachusetts, please visit the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition.

ASID Spring Fling

Spring Fling!
Newbury College Mitton House Library
Thursday – April 30, 2009
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Join the ASID New England chapter at spring fling. Mingle with fellow members at the beautiful mitton house library, meet the board of directors, share your ideas, discuss the chapter’s upcoming events and network with other designers. To RSVP, contact Nina Hayes or (617)261-3995.
Free to all members.

Autodesk Provides Free Software, Training for AutoCAD, Revit

On April 10, 2009, AIArchitect reports:

Autodesk is launching the Autodesk Assistance Program to provide free* student-software term licenses and free online training. The program is intended to provide these resources to help architects and interior designers maintain and develop their design technology skills and enhance their competitive position in the marketplace.
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